A good way for homeowners to lower their energy bills each month is to make sure that they do HVAC maintenance at least once a year. When HVAC maintenance is done, it ensures that the system is running more efficiently, using less electricity in the long run.
In addition to saving on utility bills, it also can increase the longevity of the HVAC unit. Regular maintenance can address problems before they arise, making the unit last for many years. During the unit’s maintenance, the technician will look for all issues that could be causing issues with the function of the heating and cooling system.
What Causes Higher Energy Bills?
There are several things in an HVAC system that can lead to higher energy bills.
A common issue with your HVAC system is dirty or clogged filters. These filters can prevent airflow. When the airflow is compromised, the blower or fan will work harder. This will take more energy and cause the utility bills to be higher. A homeowner should be sure to clean the filters regularly to ensure proper airflow.
Over time, ductwork can develop cracks, which will allow the air to leak out of it. When the air is leaking out of the ducts, it will reduce the efficiency of the system. This will cause the unit to work harder and increase utility bills. During the maintenance visit, the technician will inspect the ductwork. If there are any leaks, they will be able to seal these at the time, helping to save money.
When a technician comes out to do maintenance, he will look at the unit’s air-conditioning portion. He will check for scale and sentiment inside the tubes as well as clogged lines. If any of these problems are there, they can result in more significant energy usage.
If the HVAC system has low refrigerant, it will not work as well as it should. This can cause it not to get the home as cool, and it will run for long periods. Having the refrigerant levels back to normal will help to reduce energy costs.
To save on HVAC costs in Bucks County, DOWD HVAC can help perform the proper maintenance which must be done on the system. The system must be checked on an annual basis. To ensure the unit’s proper functionality, it is great to have it checked twice a year. Once in the spring, before the air conditioning is turned on, and once in the fall, before the heat is turned on. This will help to catch any issues with the heating service to help avoid costly energy bills.
If you have any issues with your HVAC system or want to make sure that is not increasing your energy bills, call us at DOWD Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help you with a maintenance agreement that will ensure that your utility bills are as low as possible and that your HVAC system lasts for many years.